Tomb Raider Reboot from 2013 Might Arrive on Steam for Linux

Tomb Raider is the reboot of the franchise that was released back in 2013. It was developed by Crystal Dynamics and published by Square Enix, and from the looks of it, a Linux version might be in the works.

A lot of games have been getting Linux ports lately, and it’s now time for Tomb Raider to also land on Steam for Linux. It would have looked like a bit of a stretch a couple of years ago, but there are plenty of triple A titles available… (read more)

Free-to-Play Winter Game SNOW Now Works on Linux

SNOW is a new free-to-play open world winter game that’s developed by and published by Poppermost Productions. The developers have also added Linux support in their latest patch.

SNOW is a one of a kind game, and there aren’t any other open world winter title out there. It’s actually surprising that this hasn’t occurred to other developers, but SNOW has the privilege of being first. Also, developers have added read more)

Fotoxx 16.02 Open Source Image Editor Released with Cartoon Effect, More

Michael Cornelison informs us about the general availability of the February maintenance release of his open source image editor software Fotoxx for all GNU/Linux operating systems.

According to the release notes, which we’ve attached at the end of the article for reference, Fotoxx 16.02 introduces a new Cartoon effect that lets artists convert a photo into a cartoon-like drawing. Take a look at the image posted at the bottom of the article to see the new Cartoon effect in … (read more)

WordPress 4.4.2 Security and Maintenance Release

WordPress 4.4.2 is now available. This is a security release for all previous versions and we strongly encourage you to update your sites immediately.

WordPress versions 4.4.1 and earlier are affected by two security issues: a possible XSS for certain local URIs, reported by Ronni Skansing; and an open redirection attack, reported by Shailesh Suthar.

Thank you to both reporters for practicing responsible disclosure.

In addition to the security issues above, WordPress 4.4.2 fixes 17 bugs from 4.4 and 4.4.1. For more information, see the release notes or consult the list of changes.

Download WordPress 4.4.2 or venture over to Dashboard → Updates and simply click “Update Now.” Sites that support automatic background updates are already beginning to update to WordPress 4.4.2.

Thanks to everyone who contributed to 4.4.2:

Andrea Ferciaberengerzyla, Boone Gorges, Chandra Patel, Chris Christoff, Dion Hulse, Dominik Schilling, firebird75, Ivan Kristianto, Jennifer M. Dodd, salvoaranzulla

Canonical Is Looking for Participants to a “Ubuntu Apps in Unity 8” Research Study

Canonical, the company behind Ubuntu Linux, the world’s most popular free operating system, announced just a few minutes ago on their Twitter, Google+ and Facebook accounts that they’re running a new user research study.

The s… (read more)

Canonical Releases Major Linux Kernel Updates for All Supported Ubuntu OSes

Canonical, the company behind the world’s most popular free operating system, Ubuntu Linux, has published multiple Ubuntu Security Notices to inform users about major kernel updates for all of its supported Ubuntu OSes.

For all systems, the update addresses a use-after-free vulnerability in Linux kernel’s AF_UNIX implementation, which could have allowed a local attacker to expose sensitive information or crash the host system via a denial-of-service (DoS) attack by crafting… (read more)

Sanjay Sinha from Oracle on Cloud adoption and working with Canonical


Sanjay Sinha, Vice President of Platform Products at Oracle speaks to Alexander Gallagher, Business Development for Canonical’s Certified Public Cloud on the drivers behind cloud adoption..

Alexander: What do you think are the biggest barriers facing enterprises when it comes to cloud adoption?

Sanjay: The barriers have been coming down and we have seen rapid adoption of our Cloud offerings.  Enterprises typically express concern over security, data residency, regulatory compliance, and how to integrate on-premise with cloud for a hybrid model.  In addition, enterprises have a long tail of on-premise applications in their datacenters that they would like to move to cloud, but that effort will be a decade long transition.  Enterprises do not want to rewrite nor incur additional IT costs in their migration to the cloud, and they are coming to Oracle as their strategic provider today.

Alexander: Last week it was announced that Canonical and Oracle had expanded its partnership and would be providing Ubuntu Certified Images in Oracle Marketplace. How do you think our partnership will help remove these barriers?

Sanjay: Our relationship with Canonical optimizes Ubuntu for the Oracle Cloud Platform, both public cloud and on premise.  This is available today in the Oracle Cloud Marketplace.  With Ubuntu, we bring a very popular cloud OS to users of the Oracle Cloud Platform for enterprise application development, cloud-native DevOps, and the open source applications ecosystem.

Alexander: How do you think the needs of the enterprise are changing and how are you responding?

Sanjay: Enterprises are adopting a “cloud-first” strategy and agile methodologies for new application development. This strategy enables them to compress their DevOps cycles, which gives them business agility and competitive advantage. We are also seeing enterprises shifting from a CAPEX model to an OPEX economics.  New employees coming into enterprises have different expectations for how they work and interact.

However, the need for security and compliance is not changing. To respond to the changing landscape, Oracle provides the same user experience on the Oracle Cloud enterprises require, now running Ubuntu based applications. We offer Elastic Compute and pricing for dynamic workloads with short start/stop cycles to fit into OPEX budgets. Oracle Public Cloud is the platform designed for extensibility that allows line-of-business (LOB) developers to go directly to the cloud for agility. In the same manner, Oracle enables IT organizations to use the same cloud infrastructure to gain agility to meet LOB requirements.

Alexander: Where do you see the evolution of cloud computing going?

Sanjay: Dev/Test was the first mover to the Cloud, but the majority of the production workloads are still on-premise. We see migration of Oracle technology workloads to our optimized Platform as a Service, and non-Oracle technology fitting well into our Infrastructure as a Service.  We see an integrated stack i.e., SaaS + PaaS + IaaS. Our strategy is to offer a software defined virtual datacenter in the cloud, to give customers control and choice.

Cloud computing has great appeal for the elastic nature of the infrastructure, but it is imperative to offer predictability of performance in addition to elasticity. The volume and velocity of information generated will continue to drive Big Data and Analytics to turn insights into actions.

Enterprises also need to adapt to the Millennial Generation in the workforce, with greater emphasis on mobile and social networking.

Alexander: What role does open source play in Oracle’s future?

Sanjay: Open source will bring the latest and greatest OS innovations to enterprise customers who want to build applications leveraging the most popular technology. More enterprises will be adopting an open source strategy and will want to run open source apps on the Oracle Cloud. For example, many popular applications built on open source technologies can be integrated today with the Oracle Database Cloud Service.

DevOps in the Cloud, uses a lot of open source tools and they are innovating how new breed of applications are developed, deployed, and used. We see open source applications running alongside cloud services and traditional enterprise apps running on the cloud. Oracle Cloud provides the flexible platform for running any of these customer workloads.

Alexander: Why is it important for Oracle Cloud to be using Certified Images for Ubuntu?

Sanjay: Certified Ubuntu images fit into the Oracle Cloud Marketplace model so Canonical can provide support, security, and stability. It is optimized for the Oracle Cloud and provides the best experience of Ubuntu on Oracle Cloud Platform (IaaS) for our mutual customers, giving them the confidence of running their business critical applications on Ubuntu and Oracle.

Alexander: What, in your opinion, will the typical on-premise Oracle customer do differently in the cloud, in terms of technology and operational choices?

Sanjay: We believe that DevOps will become increasingly important in the cloud, with more continuous integration and delivery, in a faster cycle-time. The great majority of existing enterprise applications will be interconnected and integrated i.e., integration in the cloud with 3rd party applications, custom applications, and data sources.  New apps and new innovations will be cloud-native. Enterprises will look to migrate their entire datacenter to the cloud in a phased manner for agility and cost management, without being disruptive or forcing re-writes.

Hybrid Cloud, which is the integration of corporate data centers with the public cloud, will be the prevailing operating choice for the majority of our customers for quite some time.  Oracle’s Network Cloud Services support a variety of technologies for Hybrid Cloud, such as VPN, Direct Connect, and Cloud Exchange.

Finally, we believe that high availability and disaster recovery will remain very important.  Data residency and compliance will be a priority for IT and corporate governance.  Supporting heterogeneous guest operating systems and technology stacks is an important part of supporting migration to the cloud without disruption.

AndEX Live CD Now Lets Users Run Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow on Their PCs

Softpedia has been informed today, February 2, 2016, by Linux developer Arne Exton about the availability of the January 2016 build of his commercial AndEX Live CD Android-x86-based operating system.

The biggest new feature of the AndEX Live CD Build 160131 is the rebase of the entire system on the Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow mobile OS from Google, as well as the implementation of a custom kernel (4.4.0-exton), based on the upstream long-term supported Linux 4.4 kernel branch… (read more)

Luca Toma KDE Interview

Luca Toma

Google Code In is our annual project to give tasks to school pupils to contribute to KDE projects. One task this year is to write a Dot article and top Code In student Stanford L has interviewed WikiToLearn contributor and Sysadmin Luca Toma.

Please tell us a little about yourself
I am a second year physics student studying at the University of Milan Bicocca. I’ve been passionate about computers since the age of 10, especially the part of sysadmin / networking.

What do you do for a living?
Currently, I am a student and I work within an office that deals with management of business systems and website development.

What do you do for KDE?

At this time my contribution in KDE is WikiToLearn, my role is the system administrator. I take care of the maintenance of the infrastructure and server project.

How did you get into computer programming?
I started programming when I was 12 years of age, I was intrigued by a friend working on a GNU/Linux distribution using Bash, just like in the movies. I started with VB6, after which was passed on to C / C ++, in order and PHP.

Do you have any advice for people who would like to pursue computer programming as a major?
My advice is to write the code on what you know to be able to understand what you want and to be able to make the most out of it.

Who is your role model, and why?
I do not have a well-defined role model because I try to take inspiration from the best of all. Einstein created a model for what concerns thinking in their own way and I think it is extremely important to be able to solve problems in the best way.

What are some ways you motivate yourself?
One thing that motivates me is to do my best.
I think if each one of us always did their best in situations, it would be the best for everyone.

Do you have a vision, like where do you want KDE in general to be in 5 years and sysadmin in particular?
I hope that KDE will become a reference point for all those who want to learn computer science.
A community that is able to support projects (e.g. WikiToLearn) while providing all necessary resources, both in terms of computing power, and that of access to the necessary knowledge but also as a community in which to grow.
From the perspective of a sysadmin, to be able to provide the right environment is necessary to continue and pursue their development

LibreOffice 5.1.0 Just Around the Corner, Final RC Is Out

The first major LibreOffice update for the 5.x branch is around the corner, and it should land very soon, especially now that the third RC for LibreOffice 5.1 is available for download and testing.

If we were to ignore the release schedule for LibreOffice, it would still be easy to figure out when a new version is about to land judging by the size of the last changelog. The changelog for RC3 is pretty small, so it’s clear that we are quickly approaching that launch. On the … (read more)

Opera 35 Arrives with Better Downloads Interface, Improved Mute Tabs, More

A new Opera stable release is now out, and the developers have introduced a number of new features that are going to be enjoyed by the community.

The Opera project continues to improve the browser, and they have released quite a few versions since in 2016, covering all the available branches. Today’s release is in the stable branch, and that means that it’s time to see what’s new in the latest Opera 35.

Each new Opera update usually brings some new features, and the team… (read more)

Solus Installer Is Getting Better Before Version 1.1 of the OS Is Out

The Solus operating system is getting closer to the 1.1 release and developers are now fixing the installer, among other things.

Solus is at the moment going through a bug-fixing stage, and the developers are making sure that they will fix as many bugs as possible before the first point release hits the streets. The stable version of Solus has been around for more than a month, so it’s only natural for the developers to start looking towards better support.

Fortunately f… (read more)

Steam for Linux Still Below 1% with 40% of Users on Ubuntu

The number of Linux users on Steam continues to hover just below 1%, but we now know that about 40% of these people are using Ubuntu for gaming.

Since nothing of worthy of attention is happening with the Steam for Linux use, we might as well look at other interesting statistics provided by Valve, but before we do that, we need to explain why it is difficult to trust them.

The problem with the read more)

Samsung’s Android browser gets ad blocking capabilities

Samsung is today adding support for content and ad blocking plugins to the web browser preinstalled on its Android phones. The updated browser, which is being pushed to Samsung phones with Android Marshmallow starting today, with plans for Lollipop availability in the coming months, will let users install helper apps that block ads from websites they visit, similar to how content and ad blocking works in Apple’s Safari browser in iOS 9. An ad or content blocker could reduce loading times and mobile data usage, as web pages loaded without ads are much smaller than those with advertising enabled.

Submitted by: Arnfried Walbrecht

Ubuntu Touch OTA-9.5 Hotfix Bigger than Expected, Final Release Might Be Delayed

We have just been informed by Łukasz Zemczak of Canonical about the latest work done in preparation for the upcoming OTA-9.5 hotfix update for Ubuntu Phone mobile devices.

According to Mr. Zemczak, the Ubuntu Touch developers are still working hard on fixing the last remaining bugs, as well as on adding much-needed improvements to the mobile operating system. This means that they did not yet have the time to generate a first RC (Release Candidate) build and send it over to … (read more)

Vendetta Online MMORPG Game’s Capabilities Are Evolving, Devs Say

Guild Software, the developers of the popular and cross-platform Vendetta Online MMORPG (Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game), have recently announced the release of the Vendetta Online 1.8.368 update.

Vendetta Online 1.8.368 introduces a new method for handling the visibility of limited-availability missions, which will be grayed out from now on and will show players a timer indicating their availability. It also optimizes the rendering of singular stars in the … (read more)

Ubuntu Linux 32-Bit ISO Images Are Up for Discussion Again

In the latest ubuntu-devel mailing list entry, open source software engineer Dimitri John Ledkov shares his thoughts on the matter of the 32-bit ISO images for the Ubuntu Linux operating system.

While the developer is well aware of the fact that there are still many people with old hardware in this world, and that some of the most prolific software is running only on 32-bi… (read more)

Dev Blog | NXT – Can I Run It?

The next in our series of dev blogs answers a crucial question: can my PC run NXT?

GTK+ 3.19.8 Out Now with New Radio and Check Implementation, Bugfixes

Just a few days ago, we announced the release of the seventh maintenance build for the stable GTK+ 3.18 series of the GNOME 3.18 desktop environment, but now the hard-working devs behind the project have released a brand new development version.

GTK+ 3.19.8 is now available for download, and we’ve managed to get our han… (read more)

Zenwalk 8 Beta Led Me Down a Rocky Road

Zenwalk is a Linux distro that seems to be in a state of flux. I took a gamble with the Zenwalk 8.0 beta edition, released last month, after several colleagues raved about its improvements. Chalk that up to potentially bad advice. It’s not that Zenwalk is a bad distro. It is an uncooperative and strange experience. With all the options available, a lot can be said about not having to struggle with a problematic OS version. The announcement for the upcoming version 8 release prompted some good vibes. I should have tempered my expectations.